Animated Manhattan: Wonder Pets
Part 21 in an ongoing series looking at New York City in animation.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an entry to the Animated Manhattan series, but I’m bringing it back with a look at the most adorable cartoon to feature New York so far. It’s called Wonder Pets, and it’s produced completely in New York City by Little Airplane Productions.
Wonder Pets uses animated mixed media to tell the stories of three preschool pets — a guinea pig, duckling, and turtle — who leave the schoolhouse after school to save animals in peril. In an episode called “Save the Pigeon,” the pets travel to New York to save a pigeon perched perilously on the Statue of Liberty’s nose.
The episode starts in the schoolhouse, where it’s clear that kids have been learning about New York. Lots of nice New York details can be found in the classroom.
A few more classroom details (including a King Kong reference):
As the Wonder Pets arrive in Manhattan, the music references Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Finally our heroes reach the perilous pigeon, who has fallen out of her nest and is afraid to fly back up.
I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, but I’ll tell you that I learned a valuable lesson about encouragement and believing in one’s self.
As night falls over Manhattan, the Wonder Pets make their way back home:
This show is sewiously the most adorable program I’ve seen in a while, and the New York episode is available from iTunes if you’d like to check it out.